Carpets of snowdrops to enjoy on woodland walks

Snowdrops at Bagthorpe Hall
Snowdrops at Bagthorpe Hall
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Snowdrop walks are back in the area this weekend, with event organisers hoping that the weather will be kind.

The grounds at Lexham Hall, near Litcham, will be open on Sunday from 11am-4pm; admission is £5 for adults, children free, with funds raised going to support local churches.

There will be a signed walk – taking approximately 45 minutes – through parkland and woodland carpeted with snowdrops and aconites, returning through the garden planted with winter-flowering shrubs.

Home-made refreshments will be available and plants for sale. Dogs on leads will be allowed.

For more information call on 01328 701341.

Lexham Hall will also be open on Sunday, February 14, when the funds will support Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.

Oxburgh Hall at Oxborough has snowdrop walks on Saturday and Sunday (11.30am-12.30pm and 2-3pm); this is a free event but normal admission charges will apply.

You can take a guided walk or wander independently around the woodlands with carpets of snowdrops, aconites and other spring flowers.

There are more walks daily from Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, February 21, then again over the weekend of March 5-6; same times as above.

The National Gardens Scheme is holding its first-ever Snowdrop Festival this month and among the gardens open in Norfolk is Bagthorpe Hall, near East Rudham, with masses of snowdrops along scenic walks on Sunday, February 21. Delicious warming soup made from vegetables grown on the estate farm will be available after your winter walk and the gardens are open from 11am-4pm with admission at £4, children free.

Details of all NGS gardens opening for the Snowdrop Festival can be found on the NGS website www.ngs.org.uk